Haiti Initiative- Fresh Water Pop Up Shop

Haitian model, Soukena, Paul and Cynthia of Zing Experience, me, and Joshua

Talking to Supermodel, Jessica White about Haiti.

Zing Experience in the house! Ayibobo!

Paul of Zing Experience

Joshua and Darnell

Amazing designers from Harlem!

On Thursday, October 11, 2012, swanky eco-friendly nightclub in Soho, Greenhouse, was completely transformed into a pop-up shop extravaganza. Fresh Water Pop Up Shop was founded by photographer, Amon Focus, and senior marketing manager, Tamika Blocket to support Roots of Development’s latest Haiti initiative. The unique fundraising/shopping event displayed a photo exhibit of Amon’s work in Haiti, and vendors  showcased and sold their goods at discounted prices all for a good cause.

The vendors included: Ashtyn, TSA by OSA, Eki’s Famous, Little Miss Mika, Nicolye, Cousin & Co, Dan Cruz, Exclusive Eyewear Fameish, Skin by Renee, and Ketta Vaughn Cosmetics. Stylish and artistic New Yorkers poured in the dark room to find great fashion gems, and also to support Roots of Development’s third Community Water System in La Gonave, Haiti. Read more about the project here.

Beautiful supermodel, Jessica White, hosted Fresh Water Pop Up Shop, and spoke passionately about the initiative. “I am very passionate about this project. We are not here to enable people, but rather help them develop into a good working community,” White said. Chad Bissonnette, co-founder of Roots of Development added that they are different from most initiatives. The organization does not believe in just handing out donations to people. The organization is not about charity or having people depend on them. Roots of Development is a strong advocate of finding a way for communities to come together and work toward progress. Chad talked about the difference between giving someone clothes and food, and helping them build a business to support their family and boost their country’s economy.

A quote for Roots of Development’s website: We do development, not charity. If the efforts you are supporting only help a population meet its immediate needs and don’t provide the population with an opportunity to address those needs again on their own in the future, you are doing relief work or charity, not development.

I had a brief chat with Jessica White about her involvement with the project. This is not the first time she has been involved with helping out the Haitian community. Her ex-boyfriend, Sean Penn is a very active figure in charity and development in Haiti. Although Jessica has no current plans of visiting Haiti, she is completely behind what Roots of Development is doing for the country.

Zing Experience, a band by Paul Beaubrun, the youngest son of one of the most famous Haitian couples, Lolo and Manze Beaubrun of Boukman Eksperyans, brought down the house last night. They performed a nice variety of Rasin, Roots, and Reggae songs that had the whole party moving and shouting, “Ayibobo!” I spoke with Paul for a bit too, and it turns out that we, along with Haitian model, Soukena Jean-Jacques all went to the same school in Haiti!

Chad and Jessica dancing to Zing Experience

Another wonderful night with wonderful people who are making a different in Haiti. Anpil men, chay pa lou. 

9 Comments on Haiti Initiative- Fresh Water Pop Up Shop

  1. Meghan Johnson
    October 15, 2012 at 8:08 am (4 years ago)

    Beautiful people and a beautiful cause!

    • findingpaola
      October 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Such a great time! I still can’t believe two of the people there went to the same school as me in Haiti. That’s just so wild!

  2. MrsWanda
    October 14, 2012 at 1:25 am (4 years ago)

    Great pictures wish they had events like this in Houston

    • findingpaola
      October 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks! Come to New York for a bit, or host one with a non-profit? :)

  3. sherlljourney
    October 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm (4 years ago)

    And if you don’t mind me asking,which school did you went to back home?

    • findingpaola
      October 12, 2012 at 5:40 pm (4 years ago)

      I went to Notre Dame du Rosaire (Filles de la Sagesse) and St. Ignace de Loyola.

  4. sherlljourney
    October 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Amazing and you guys looked fabulous. Big shout out to the team and the vendors who put together that event. We sure do need more people like them to get involve and continue to inspire others like myself and all. Et felicitation a toi aussi for being part of it in showing your support.
    Please next time or whenever there are events like this feel free to let me know and so I may support in any way that I can. I love your outfit and the whole details keep doing you girl and stay positive. Later boo!

    • findingpaola
      October 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks so much Sherley! I always post about the events on my facebook page before I attend. Hope you can make it next time!


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